CAMPING

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Front country camping in Banff offers something for everyone, from full service sites to the more private and perhaps wilder campsites in the woods off the beaten track. No matter what your taste, you should find what your looking for if you get there early enough in the day to register.  
 
  Banff has 14 campgrounds and over 2000 campsites that are available on a first come, first serve basis. In high season these campgrounds become full very early in the day, so at check out time, which is a 11 am you would be well advised to drop by the campground of your choice to see what's available if you haven't got a site when you reach the park. Flexibility in high season is a sensible approach.
 
The following is a list of the front country campsites with some details of the facilities and services available.
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Tunnel Mountain Campground

The largest campground in Banff is very close to the town itself, just a 2.4 km drive away on Tunnel Mountain. There are 3 drive in sections, two of which are open from May 7th to October 4th. The campground has 321 full service sites, 618 non-serviced site and 188 power only sites in Village II, which is open all year long.

Two Jack Main Campground

Looking for something more secluded in the woods, Two Jack Main Campground just 12 km from Banff is just the ticket. It is located on the scenic Minnewanka Lake loop drive. There are 381 sites, flush toilets, kitchen shelters but no showers. The campground is open from May 14th to September 7th

Two Jack Lakeside Campground

This is one of the smaller campgrounds near the town of Banff with 74 sites available. It is 12 km from town and is located along a river. There are showers available. The campground is open from May 14th to September 20th

Castle Mountain Campground

This is a secluded campground just 34 km from Banff with 43 sites. There is a convenience store in the area along with kitchen shelters. There are flush toilets but no showers. This campground is open from May 7th to September 7th

Protection Mountain Campground

The campground has many hiking trails which start in the area with a great deal of wildlife to be seen. It is 48 km from the town of Banff and has 89 sites. There are flush toilets but no showers. It is open from June 25th to September 20th.

Johnston's Canyon Campground

This is one of the more scenic campgrounds in Banff National Park. It is located between Banff and Lake Louise just 25 km from the town of Banff. There are 132 sites near a flowing creek where you'll find a trail that takes you up to Johnston Canyon with a view of the two waterfalls. There are flush toilets and showers. The campground is open from June 11th to September 20th.

Lake Louise Campground

The campground is outside Lake Louise about 58km distance from the town of Banff. It's one of the larger campgrounds in the park with 189 R.V. sites with electric hook-ups and 216 unserviced sites. The campground is open year round. There are flush toilets but no showers.

Mosquito Creek Campground

Mosquito Creek Campground is 82 km from Banff and has 32 sites not far from the cliffs of Bow Peak. There are pit toilets but no showers. This campground is open year round.

Waterfowl Lake Campground

It is about 115 km from the town of Banff and has 116 sites on the Mistaya River which flows into Waterfowl Lake. There is a trail at this campground that leads to Cirque and Chephren lakes. There are flush toilets but no showers. This campground is open from June 11th to September 19th

Rampart Creek

This is the furthest campground from the town of Banff in the north of the park. It is 88 km North of Lake Louise, not far from the Columbia Icefields in a very beautiful area. There are 50 sites, pit toilets but no showers. It is open from June 18th to September 6th

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Accomodations, Restaurants and Bars


Hostels

Castle Mountain - Located northwest of Banff, between highway 1 and 1A.
Hilda Creek - Located 120km northwest of Lake Louise on the the Jasper Banff border.
Mosquito Creek - Located 32km northwest of Lake Louise along highway 93.
Rampart Creek - Located 95km northwest of Lake Louise along highway 93.
Banff International Hostel - Located at the edge of the Banff townsite on Tunnel Mountain Road.
Lake Louise International Hostel (Alpine Center) - From highway 1 turn into Lake Louise and take a right on Village Road

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